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Komplicated is doing this for the block and the blogosphere, taking stock of the Black geek aesthetic.

Comics: Cape, Mask … Swastika? The Unintended Fascism of Those Who Protect

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The following is a first person editorial, in response a piece for The Atlantic by Chris Yogerst, where he said…

A Cannon That Shoots Cars Instead of Cannonballs. How’s That for High-Tech?

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This is the future, y’all.

Kids Can Now Pilot Their Own Mech

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This clearly puts Power Wheels to shame.

Japan Wants To Shoot Lasers At The Moon To Solve The Energy Crisis

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The Luna Ring plan, which was introduced in Tokyo, is only the most recent in a long line of envelope pushing, seemingly kooky ideas to come from Shimizu Corp.

Could the Swarmfire be the Perfect Nerf Gun?

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Any office drone knows that when all hell breaks loose (in a non-lethal, non-Post Office kind of way) that there’s two ways to come out on top: have lots of friends (hard) or have superior firepower. In this case, the latter can be yours for about thirty bucks.

Table Top Particle Accelerator Threatens Universe Portably

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In “what do you mean you reversed the polarity on the neutron flow?” news, scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have created an atom smasher small enough to fit on an average kitchen dinette from Ikea.

A Real Functioning Laser Cannon. In 2017. Maybe.

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Since seeing Grand Slam next to the HAL in the early 1980s, many of us have dreamed of the day when a real, functional laser cannon would become a reality. That day has just been pushed back …

Robots: Now They’re Learning? Oh Crap!

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In “oh god oh god, we’re all gonna die” news, Japanese researchers are teaching robots how to learn and think. Wait, what?

From Trash To Wifi

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We’ve seen old shoe boxes transform into decked out dioramas and soda pop cans become purses, but never trash that can be configured to deliver the internet.

Oh Yeah: A Bike that Hovers

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For a mere $40,000.

That Guy With the Backpack Seems Suspicious

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In “it’s not paranoia if they really are spying on you” news, Cambridge Consultants has unveiled a portable radar system in a backpack. Seriously.

When Black Holes Get Hungry They Reach for the Stars

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Proving exactly why they matter, NASA released a new video, showing exactly what happens when a black hole eats a star. Wait, what?

Wrestling: Move Over Funkasaurus, This is the Original…Flash Funk!

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Welcome to “The Thump!” — an irregular column spotlighting the best Black elements of professional wrestling. Named after the signature move of groundbreaking wrestler The Junkyard Dog, “The Thump!” showcases the history and impact of Black athletes in the squared circle.

Nigerian Entrepreneur Creates Netflix and Spotify for Nollywood

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Njoku’s work creates avenues for producers of content — music and video, from reality TV to scripted fare — to showcase their work where before their avenues were more limited.

Brutha Gimel’s Spin City: Musical Recommendations from @bruthagimel

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“Yep! This has got to be my most eclectic column to date. My ear is so multi-demensional. There’s something for everybody in here.”

@JayZ, @KanyeWest, @GwynethPaltrow & Who’s Responsible For The N-Word

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Before, say, 1988, the idea of using what could be the most offensive racial slur ever created in public, would have seemed ridiculous to most people.